Spatial analysis of nature-protected areas and selection of study sites

Responsibility: Leibniz-Institut for Ecological Urban and

Regional Development (IOER)

The Leibniz Institute for Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) is a spatial science research institution of the Leibniz Association. It develops scientific bases for the sustainable development of cities and regions in a national and international context. In addition to landscape change and management, resource efficiency of settlement structures and environmental risks in urban and regional development, the IOER is intensively involved in monitoring settlement and open space development. The focus is on automated survey, monitoring, analysis, visualisation and evaluation procedures for the spatial description of land use structures (settlement and open space), building stock and transport infrastructure and their development.

Within DINA, the IOER is responsible for the entire geodata collection and analysis. After collecting all relevant geodata for DINA, the nature reserves of Germany are analysed and evaluated. For the selection of suitable sites for the installation of the Malais traps, a land use classification, the calculation of landscape indicators within the nature reserves and in their surroundings and the compilation of descriptive statistics are initially carried out. At a later stage, spatial GIS-based analysis of all nature reserves in Germany will be carried out, including multi-criteria descriptions of these areas. This analysis will be used to investigate the relationship between the insect population, protected area characteristics and the intensity of agricultural use in the surrounding area.

Finally, all relevant DINA results of the 21 case study areas will be visualized in detail in an internet-based geodata platform including public access to download the data.

Dr. Gotthard Meinel - Head of the research area Monitoring of settlement and open space development

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